Notre Dame basketball head coach Micah Shrewsberry wants you to know that he's not happy. He's not happy with the way the team has played in some of its wins and it's certainly not happy with the way it played in its latest blowout loss to The Citadel. He also wants you to know that he's not going to just sit there and take it.
Shrewsberry also wants you to know that he's not going to let any members of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish basketball squad just sit there and take losses like that. He made that clear in the aftermatch of Wednesday's 65-45 loss to a team that was just 6-5 coming into the game with those wins all being against lower tier schools.
"If you don’t play hard," Shrewsberry said in his post-game press conference. "Then you sit and rot on the bench... I’ll go and talk to people in compliance. I'll help you transfer. This culture is getting built the right way. If you ain’t a part of it, you’re out."
The level of fed up that Shrewsberry was feeling was not well hidden. And it appears he believes there are some players on his squad that aren't giving it their all. It's hard to argue the opposite after that performance.
Notre Dame basketball takes another step back
There's no doubt that the Notre Dame Fighting Irish basketball team was going to have some games like this. There have been a few already this season. But the expectation is that the worst games would be against the best opponents.
The Irish still haven't even started their ACC schedule in earnest. If they play like they did against The Citadel when they're taking on Virginia, or Duke, or North Carolina, things could get really, really ugly.
The big question now, is will anyone on Notre Dame basketball take Shrewsberry up on his threats, or will the team dial it in and look better the next time out. They have one more tuneup against Marist tonight, then the season begins in earnest.